Hundreds of somber relatives watched from a ridge Friday as firemen lined up rows of bodies at the bottom of an Andean hillside where a fiery plane crash killed 123 people.
The Peruvian domestic airliner burst into flames and exploded, breaking into small pieces, when it went down Thursday night five miles from Arequipa.
A black singed area of dirt marked the point of impact. The largest intact piece of the plane was its tail.
Fifty-one foreigners, including two Americans, were among the 123 people aboard the flight to Tacna with a stop in Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city. Transportation Minister Manuel Vara Ochoa said 103 bodies were recovered by noon, but that everyone aboard was dead.